A Theology Of The Funeral

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The Christian funeral must find ways to affirm Christian belief in Christ's victory over death, commend the deceased to God's mercy, and comfort the survivors.

The key question to ask in focusing on the theology of the funeral is,"What belief does this ritual express regarding the community's understanding of God?" Egyptian pyramids and neolithic passage tombs stocked with food and material treasures tell us that those communities believed in a life beyond physical death which they imagined...


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